President Obama Responds to Candidate Scorecard
BY Michelle Garcia
March 07 2012 2:02 AM ET
Do you support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which ensures equal treatment in job placement and retention?
Barack Obama: Yes
Mitt Romney: Unclear: Romney told the Log Cabin Republicans, in 1994, that he would sponsor ENDA if elected to the U.S. Senate. Recently, however, he said ENDA would “open a litigation floodgate and unfairly penalize employers at the hands of activist judges.”
Rick Santorum: Unclear: Santorum introduced a bipartisan Workplace Religious Freedom Act, which would have required employers to make accommodations for an employee's religious practices. The American Civil Liberties Union condemned the act.
Newt Gingrich: Unclear, but Gingrich has said gay people should be allowed to teach in schools.
Ron Paul: Paul has not cosponsored any version of the bill during his time in Congress. When the House of Representatives passed the bill in 2007, Paul did not vote.
Gary Johnson: Yes
Should same-sex couples be legally allowed to adopt children?
Barack Obama: Yes
Mitt Romney: No: In 2006, Romney said same-sex couples have “a legitimate interest in being able to receive adoptive services.” Earlier this year, he said two gay parents are not “ideal,” compared to a mother and father. Lately, he's bragged about supporting the Catholic Church's prerogative to discriminate in adoptions in Massachusetts.
Rick Santorum: No: Santorum said a state allowing children to live with gay foster parents “is not doing a service to the child and to society by not putting that child in a home where there is a mother and a father.” He's said a federal marriage ban, which he supports, would have the effect of banning all adoptions by same-sex couples.
Newt Gingrich: Unclear: Gingrich said marriage equality hurts children because several Catholic organizations ended their adoption and foster care services when it became clear the law would no longer allow them to discriminate against gay and lesbian couples while receiving state funds in places such as Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. Still, it is not quite clear if Gingrich completely condemns the idea of gay and lesbian couples adopting children.
Ron Paul: Unclear: In 1999, Paul voted against federal funding to boost adoption services for same-sex couples in Washington, D.C., but it could be argued he voted that way because he advocates limited federal funding in general.
Fred Karger: Yes
Gary Johnson: Yes
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